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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 11 Jul, 2012
Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there. ...

New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Klimchouk on 26 Mar, 2012
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi,

The deepest terrestrial animal

Klimchouk on 23 Feb, 2012
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto. ...

Caves - landscapes without light

akop on 05 Feb, 2012
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum   The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals. ...

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Sinkhole session (NH 8.6) at EGU 2012

Author Alexander Klimchouk. Posted on 20 Dec, 2011

Dear colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention on the following forthcoming
Scientific Session on Sinkholes at the General Assembly of EGU in
Vienna, next April:

Session NH8.6 "Sinkholes: from susceptibility to risk evaluation and
at EGU General Assembly (Vienna, 22-27 April 2012)

Convened by: Mario Parise, Giulio Iovine, Stefania Nisio

Session Description
Sinkholes are widespread in many countries of the world, in several geological and morphological settings, affecting distinct lithotypes either in the detrital cover sequences or in bedrock outcrops. In particular, some phenomena develop in geomorphological context characterized by plain areas and notable detrital coverages, either made of sediments or colluvial or residual terrains, thick even tens to hundreds of meters. In some cases, the genetic mechanisms are poorly understood; they can be quite complex and appear not directly connected with classical karstic processes. The recent urban development and the increasing need of spaces for infrastructures in areas potentially affected by sinkholes require a better comprehension in terms of related susceptibility, hazard and risk. The session aims to stimulate the discussion on the state-of-the-art of the studies on the mentioned topic, with special regard to sinkholes in plain not-karstic areas. Analyses of genetic mechanisms, methodological examples of investigation, and case studies are welcome, as well as description of techniques for evaluating susceptibility, hazard and risk.

Note: A selection of studies presented at this session will be considered for publication in a special issue of a relevant international journal.

For info on how to submit an Abstract see this page.

or go directly at the sessions page, choose Session NH8.6, and press "Abstract submission"

The deadline for the submission of Abstracts is 17 January 2012.

Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2012 can be found 
here , and information about EGU itself can be found here .

In case any technical questions arise, please contact us

For any questions relevant to the Session organization please do not
hesitate to contact me

We hope to see you in Vienna!

Best Regards,

Mario Parise and co-conveners

Speleogenesis news:

13th International Symposium on Pseudokarst

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 20 Jan, 2015

The 13th International Symposium on Pseudokarst will be organized in the Czech Republic between September 16-19, 2015 All necessary information are published at the conference website Registration is now opened Download the symposium 1st circular Visit the Simposium page in the Speleogenesis Calendar. ...

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Call for GSA 2015 karst program proposals

by Cory Blackeagle on 17 Jan, 2015

Planning for the GSA 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD (1–4 November 2015) is well underway The deadline for Technical Session proposals is looming! TECHNICAL SESSIONS - Proposal Deadline: 1 Feb 2015 The deadline for proposing topical sessions for the 2015 GSA Annual Meeting is only a 2 weeks away (1 February 2015) Please consider proposing a topical session for the meeting, to be held November 1-4 in Baltimore, MD You can do so by following the instructions here https://gsaconfexcom/gsa/2015AM/sessionproposalsepl Our Division will be happy to sponsor your session and can arrange for assistance in chairing the session during the meeting Feel free to contact Dr Bonnie Blackwell, our Division 1st Vice Chair, for more information In addition, the deadline for proposing short courses is also approaching (2 February 2015) It would be outstanding to see courses teaching others about the many recent advances in our field Please consider proposing a short course, which you can do here http://wwwgeosocietyorg/meetings/scProposalshtm Be Well! Cory W BlackEagle Chairman, Karst Division, Geological Society of America Geologist, PhD Candidate, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky. ...

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UIS 50th Anniversary Celebration and 23rd International Karstological School

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 08 Dec, 2014

Next year the International Union of Speleology (UIS) celebrates its 50th Anniversary and you are invited to the celebration! The celebration will held in June 2015 with the 23rd International Karstological School, a series of state-of-the-art lectures and field trips conducted annually by the Karst Research Institute in Postojna, Slovenia Next year’s school will focus on the importance of exploration on cave and karst research To register for the celebration and/or the school, and for more information, see the first circular of the School Contact person: Nadja Zupan Hajna iks@zrc-sazusi. ...

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New book on Karst and Tectonics

by Konstantin Kostov on 14 Nov, 2014

Springer-Verlag has recently published the book "Dynamic Tectonics and Karst" by Prof Stefan Shanov and Assoc Prof Konstantin Kostov from the Geological Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences The monograph has the following main contributions: 1 Complete historical overview on the accomplished studies of the relationship “karst & tectonics”; 2 Pointing out the significant role of the tectonic stress fields as a factor controlling the karst processes; 3 Proposition of a complex methodological approach for paleoseismological studies in karstic caves This book collects the current state of knowledge on the relationship between karst and dynamic tectonics and presents a new methodology to its study It puts forward several approaches for studying of recent geodynamics in karst terrains, such as tectonic stress fields reconstructions using structural analysis of the fracturing, geophysical studies of the rock anisotropy and fault-plane solutions from earthquakes, analysis of the spatial orientation and absolute dating of deformed speleothems, instrumental and mechanical measurements, monitoring, and modeling – all supported with case studies from several karst areas worldwide, eg in Albania, Bulgaria, Cuba and France Reference: Shanov, S, Kostov, K, 2015 Dynamic Tectonics and Karst Series: Cave and karst systems of the World Springer, Heidelberg, 123 p, ISBN 978-3-662-43992-0 Link: http://wwwspringercom/earth+sciences+and+geography/geology/book/978-3-662-43991-3. ...

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Karst Graduate Student Opportunity

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 11 Nov, 2014

We have an immediate need at the University of Guam's Water & Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific (WERI) for a graduate research assistant in environmental science preferably starting in January 2015, and certainly in August, which a strong prospect of additional funding for at least one more research assistantship starting in August 2015 These opportunities are associated with some of the collaborative work in which WERI and the USGS’s Pacific Island Water Science Center (Honolulu) are engaged, including the possible expansion of the Guam's groundwater monitoring system, which they service for us These RA opportunities would support MSci thesis research in the University's graduate Environmental Science Program Research opportunities include studies of karst groundwater hydrology on topics ranging from vadose percolation, storage and recharge Closely related work involves groundwater responses to storms and seasonal and longer-term changes in rainfall, and possibly even direct observation of the flow of phreatic groundwater (fresh and salt) in deep wells in coastal/island karst Another project involves reconstruction of wet-dry cycles of the past 100,000 year from cave deposits in northern Guam, in which we are collaborating with geochemists at the University of Texas-Austin The successful candidate will work with a team of other graduate students at the University of Guam as well as a post-doctoral researcher and faculty at the University of Texas-Austin The PowerPoint and pdf at the links below describe these opportunities in a bit more detail to colleagues who might be advising or know of graduating seniors who would be interested https://dldropboxusercontentcom/u/39084127/Position%20announcement-2014-11-11pdf https://dldropboxusercontentcom/u/39084127/Position%20announcement-2014-11-11ppsx John Jenson, PhD Water & Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific University of Guam Mangilao, GU 96923 Office phone: 1 671 735 2689 Time zone: GMT+10 https://dldropboxusercontentcom/u/39084127/Position%20announcement-2014-11-11pdf https://dldropboxusercontentcom/u/39084127/Position%20announcement-2014-11-11ppsx. ...

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Sinkhole Conference: abstract and student grant deadline reminder and new announcement

by George Veni on 07 Nov, 2014

Dear Friends, I have two important reminders and one announcement for the 14th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (aka “The Sinkhole Conference”): First, the deadline for abstracts is 1 December 2014—less than a month away! We strongly encourage submission of full papers, and they may be sent later if your abstract is submitted by the deadline Send your abstract this weekend so you can relax with family and friends during the holidays at the end of the month Second, if you are a student or know one, we encourage students to apply for the Barry F Beck Student Scholarship that includes free registration to the conference plus up to $1,000 for travel expenses All applications must include an abstract by 1 December 2014 and its full paper by 1 March 2015 We encourage organizations and working professionals to donate to the scholarship fund to provide even more scholarships to help boost the careers of young karst engineers and scientists All donations are tax deductable My announcement is that The Weather Channel will show an episode on sinkholes that will feature Tom Aley, who is one of the Sinkhole Conference’s short course instructors It will be first broadcast on 10 November in the USA Check your local listings for details The Sinkhole Conference series has been the premier conference for all aspects of karst geoscience and related engineering and environmental issues—and not just sinkholes This next Sinkhole Conference will be held in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, on 5-9 October 2015, and jointly organized with the Minnesota Groundwater Association it should be an exceptional meeting! Visit http://wwwsinkholeconferencecom/ for information on how to register for the conference, submit an abstract and paper, and to find all deadlines, details on the Beck Scholarship, information on short courses, field trips, and much more George ******************** George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute 400-1 Cascades Avenue Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA. ...

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Karst Division is created in the GSA

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 27 Oct, 2014

At its annual meeting on Wednesday, October 22, GSA Council approved an application to create Karst Division in the Geological Society of America Read more about this in the blog of Cory BlackEagle, the Karst Division Chair: In the blog, members of the Speleogenesis Network can leave their comments/suggestions (use “Post your reply” button at the bottom of the original blog). ...

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Speleogenesis membership has passed over 1000 !

by Alexander Klimchouk on 05 Oct, 2014

On Thursday October 2, 2014 the membership in the Speleogenesis Network has reached 1000 ! The lucky registration was by Jim Goodbar of US, - welcome, and congratulations! The membership has grown in 300 in two years (since August 2012) We have quite steady growth rate during last five years (about 150 new members in a year), - a good indicator that the Speleogenesis site, jointly operated by the UIS KHS Commission and the IAH Karst Commission, successfully performs its role in fostering the development of karst and cave science, and international cooperation and information exchange in these fields By the way, the Speleogenesis members comprise the largest international network in the field of karstology and geospeleology Please, remember that as a member of the Speleogenesis Network you can contribute bibliography entries to KarstBase, post your blog articles, news, announces, events, and more in the Speleogenesis website For your convenience, access to most of these features is assembled in your Member Area (you'll have to log in to access the Member Area) wwwspeleogenesisinfo/member/ There you can manage your account details and public page, publish your CV and more I would strongly encourage those members who registered without indicating personal details such as affiliation, position, branch, research interests, etc – to update and enrich your profile at least with these basic data Just click “Account details” link in your Member Area and update the form On the name of the UIS KHS Commission, I sincerely thank all Speleogenesis Members for your support and cooperation Best wishes! Dr Alexander Klimchouk, President, UIS KHS Commission. ...

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Spanish caver injured in a deep cave in Peru.

by Raul Perez-Lopez on 23 Sep, 2014

Cecilio López-Tercero, profesional speleologist was injured during the exploration of the karst system in Leymebamba, Amazonas, located in the Andean Cordillera The fatality occured the past Thursday, 18th of September during an international exploration at 400 meters depth The caver was seriously injured by a falling of 5 meters First reports said that he is in conscience and his life is not in danger Several Rescue Teams of Spain and South America were displaced to the cave and are right now working hard to extract the caver from the hollow black pitch Cecilio, is not able to move his legs and his arms and probably, he suffers high damage in at least two disks of her back bone More information available at http://rescateintimachayblogspotcomes/. ...

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Evaporite Karst in the Greater Permian Basin

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 09 Sep, 2014

Dear Colleagues: This is an invitation for you to participate in an important session on "Evaporite Karst in the Greater Permian Basin of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado" I will chair the session at the South-Central Section, Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting that will be held in Stillwater, OK, on March 19-20, 2015 Work being done by you or your colleagues on dissolution of evaporites (gypsum, salt, potash), brines generated, brine emissions, dissolution processes or results, caves, cavities, sinkholes, collapse features, engineering/environmental problems, etc, are all appropriate for the session The work can be a state-wide or regional survey, or site specific, and the evaporite karst can be either natural or human induced Oral and/or poster presentations are welcome An earlier session on "Evaporite Karst and Engineering and Environmental Problems in the United States" was convened by James Neal and me at the 2002 Annual Meeting of GSA, and we published the proceedings of that session as Oklahoma Geological Survey Circular 109 Now I want to focus on evaporite karst in Permian strata in the extended Permian Basin of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado It is my hope that we can pull together the upcoming-GSA presentations (plus a few others) into a well-deserved publication, after the Stillwater meeting The attached map shows the approximate extent of the Permian salts, but I know that Permian gypsum/anhydrite beds extend beyond the salts in some of the shelf areas, and these strata are also fair game This map covers a vast area of the southern Great Plains, east of the Rockies, and I know there are many projects that are (or have been) carried out in the area that have not yet seen publication, or where new work is leading to modified and/or updated reports Submit your abstract online at: wwwgeosocietyorg/sections/sc/2015mtg Then open the link “Call for Papers,” then open “Please submit your abstract online,”, then open “1 Theme Sessions,” then open “4 Evaporite Karst…,” then fill out the “Abstract Characterization” and subsequent links (and FINALLY, you are finished) The deadline for abstract submittal is December 16, 2014 Some of you reading this are not now working on Permian Basin evaporite karst, but I would appreciate it if you would pass this on to colleagues who may be able to contribute Thanks for your consideration of this request, and I look forward to hearing from (and seeing) many of you in Stillwater next March Ken Johnson, Retired Oklahoma Geological Survey. ...

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News from Speleogenesis community:

Speleology in Kazakhstan

Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko") There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there Site's language is Russian Welcome! --Aleksandr Shakalov. ...

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New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi, Sandro International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 35-55 Speleogenetic effects of interaction between deeply derived fracture-conduit and intrastratal matrix flow in hypogene karst settings Klimchouk, AB, Tymokhina, EI, Amelichev, GN International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 37-55 Hypogenic contribution to speleogenesis in a predominant epigenic karst system: A case study from the Venetian Alps, Italy Tisato Nicola, Sauro Francesco, Bernasconi Stefano M , Bruijn Rolf H C , De Waele Jo Geomorphology, 2012, Vol 151, p 156-163 L’altération de type "fantôme de roche" : processus, évolution et implications pour la karstification Quinif Yves, Bruxelles Laurent Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, 2011, Vol 4 You can download these publications following the links to PDF files on respective original websites As a part of collaboration within the HypoKarst, we suggest that the project members inform each other about their own and other published works relevant to the topic An easy way to do this, and generally promote the readership for your papers, is to submit publications to the KarstBase through the online submission form (One needs to be registered to access the form) By including words “hypogene” or “hypogenic” in the keywords (if they are not present within the title), you’ll make the publication appearing in the respective search selection that represens current bibliography on hypogene karst/speleogenesis Check this link regularly if you want to stay updated on current publications in the field Best wishes! Sincerely, --Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky, HypoKarst Project coordinators. ...

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The deepest terrestrial animal

A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto Reviews of the genera Schaefferia Absolon, 1900, Deuteraphorura Absolon, 1901, Plutomurus Yosii, 1956 and the Anurida Laboulbène, 1865 species group without eyes, with the description of four new species of cave springtails (Collembola) from Krubera-Voronya cave, Arabika Massif, Abkhazia Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 5 (2012) 35–85 DOI: follow this link (information supplied by Sofia Reboleira). ...

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Caves - landscapes without light

Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals Several interactive installations are available as well as audiovisual room presenting current state of the art in current research findings 28 spectacular Austrian caves are presented Important goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate how Vienna is supplied by drinking water from karst areas. ...

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